One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich Analysis

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich In One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the reader follows the life of Ivan Denisovich Shukhov as he takes on his 3,653rd day as a prisoner in a Siberian labor camp in the Soviet Union during World War II. Shukhov and his fellow prisoners endure constant dehumanization, such as forced labor through extreme temperatures and lack of sufficient and sustainable food. The injustice in the camps is further exacerbated by the authority, as Shukhov “had discovered long ago that honest weight was never to be found in bread cutting. There was short weight in every ration… So every day you took a look to soothe your soul - today, maybe, they haven’t snitched any” (p. 24). The authority would abuse even the prisoners’ most basic rights, such as food. Also, the authority at the camp does not offer compassion to the prisoners, despite their constant agony. As Shukhov observes, “How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand a man who’s cold?” (p. 22). Shukhov deals with the suffering of being in the camp by accepting his circumstances and being resourceful. This is the best way to handle the situation because he is in a position that he cannot escape; he must therefore make the most of it. Solzhenitsyn demonstrates Shukhov’s resourcefulness in almost every incident he faces, noting that “He worried about anything he could make use of, about every scrap of work he could do - nothing must be wasted without good
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